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The Harlequin RIP continues to outpace other RIP technologies by delivering exceptionally high-performance to process today’s print jobs across a wide range of devices and workflows. It’s compliant with industry standards and compatible with PDF creation tools.

It’s also extremely flexible: OEMs and ISVs can deploy the Harlequin RIP purely as a RIP and rebrand it with their GUI, or, they can deploy it as a near turn-key solution, taking advantage of workflow options that include IN-RIP trapping, screening, proofing, color management, imposition and font emulation.

Version 9.0 of the Harlequin Server RIP was introduced in September 2011 and Global Graphics continues to invest significant resources in the development of this technology.

Print runs are getting shorter, and a growing proportion of jobs are being printed digitally. As a result the demand for throughput in prepress is continuing to rise. The Harlequin RIP has had a reputation for meeting that demand for speed ever since it was first launched. Version 9 continues to demonstrate a commitment to deliver ever faster systems, which is why it's been chosen by vendors of ultra-high volume inkjet presses and for major newsprint systems, as well as for commercial and other print sectors.

No need to flatten transparency
The Harlequin RIP has processed PostScript files natively since 1988 and PDF files natively since 1997, including rendering of live PDF transparency since 2002. It also processes XPS, the print and document format from Microsoft natively (for full list, see Features).

Compatibility and compliance

Global Graphics has been active in its support for technical standards over the years but appreciates there is a balance to be struck between compliance with specifications and compatibility with real-world print jobs. Our RIP technology reflects this pragmatic approach: it is compliant with industry standards (see Features) as well as being compatible with the wide variety of tools making PDF in the field.

PostScript and PDF in one RIP

One RIP interface that handles multiple file formats is easier for you to integrate and you also have just one set of color management, screening, imposition etc. to understand, and , if required, connect to. With only one RIP interface to learn there is less of a training overhead for your customers with the assurance that they will achieve consistency of output.
Input File Types

  • PDF 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, ISO 32000-1
  • PDF/X-1a:2001 & PDF/X-3:2002, PDF/X-1a:2003 & PDF/X-3:2003
  • PDF/X-4:2008, PDF/X-4p:2008, PDF/X-4:2008, PDF/X-4p:2010
  • PDF/X-5g:2008, PDF/X-5pg:2008, PDF/X-5g:2010, PDF/X-5pg:2010
  • PostScript® levels 1, 2 and 3, EPS, DCS (1 & 2)
  • XPS 1.0
  • Enables OEMs to build PDF/VT-compliant DFEs

Input data sources
Jobs and control files can be received from: hot folder, socket, serial, Windows print subsystem etc.
Input plugin API enables Global Graphics’ OEM partners to write plugins for additional delivery protocols and hardware

Color management

  • Harlequin ColorPro™ color management module (CMM)
  • Support for RGB, CMYK, N-Color, gray and DeviceLink ICC version 2 and 4 profiles
  • Press/Proof Simulation
  • CMM API allows replacement with OEM’s own IP
  • SetGold™ utility: gray balance and ink limiting before profiling
  • FograCert certified contract proofing system (when used with Epson Stylus Pro 7890 and according to the application data sheet)


Font Support

  • PostScript Type 0, Type1, Type2 (CFF), Type 3, Type 4, Type32, Type 42 (TrueType)
  • TrueType, TrueType collections (.ttc) and OpenType
  • CID fonts, including TrueType based ‘New CID’
  • Morisawa® PS Fonts CID/OCF (optional, requires license with Morisawa)
  • Demand Loadable Fonts (DLD1)
  • Extensive CJK support, including Adobe® Japan1-6 character collection

Other font features

  • User defined font substitution
  • Font emulation – patent pending, GATF Intertech award winner, 2007
  • Automatic job cancelation when fonts not available
  • Font rendering API, allowing addition of new font engines

Supplied Fonts
Base 35 core Linotype® Fonts (optional)

Variable data optimization

  • PDF Retained Raster caches common graphical elements for re-use.
  • Internal mode enables easy access to acceleration
  • External mode increases benefit, requires technology to re-combine rasters post-RIP. Includes auto-masking of marked areas.


  • Calibration, dot gain, tone curve controls
  • Intended and actual press curves
  • Genlin™ utility: auto-import of calibration values
  • API to enable addition/replacement of calibration curves by third party prepress equipment

Includes AM/FM screening tuned for a variety of devices:

  • Harlequin Precision Screening™ (HPS)
  • Harlequin Dispersed Screening™ (HDS). Patented FM/Stochastic screening. Variants available for digital print, proofing, and a variety of traditional print technologies (Optional)
  • Harlequin Error Diffusion Screening™ (HEDS) 1- and 2-bit available, designed for proofing (Optional)
  • Harlequin Cross-Modulated screening (HXM) (Optional)
  • Support for encrypted screen caches enables secure deployment of cacheable screens
  • Screening API enables addition of OEM’s own IP in programmatic screens for error diffusion, etc. Also enables third-party screening such as Auraia from Hamillroad Software

Output devices

  • ProofReady™ plugins combine delivery of device connectivity with required screening and color profiles
  • Optional proofing Plugins available for Epson Stylus Pro: 4880, 4900, 7880, 7890, 7900, 9880, 9890, 9900
  • OKI Data c9650 plugin (optional)
  • Output plugin API enables Global Graphics’ OEM partners to write plugins for many output devices

Output formats
Rasters delivered in wide variety of color spaces, interleaving styles, etc. Contone or screened. Plugins available for creation of:

  • TIFF, supporting separated and composite color, screened and contone output
  • CIP3 for ink-key pre-setting (optional)
  • PDF wrapped raster for soft-proofing of the actual results from the RIP
  • TIFF/IT-P1 (optional).



RIP Requirements